Bretton Clough walk

17 April 2022

This will be a scenic and varied walk. We start from the ‘plague’ village of Eyam (toilets available) and follow field paths to Foolow village. We’ll have a short break here, by the pond. Then a walled track leads us to Grindlow, from where we ascend up to the lane near Eyam Edge. A footpath takes us down into Bretton Clough. We then head eastwards enjoying great views as we explore this open access area.
It may be that most people are unfamiliar with this beautiful, western end of the valley. Somehere along here. we’ll stop for a short lunch break. Stoke Ford is the next feauture, from where we continue along the valley and eventually reach a lane. A field path brings us down to Leadmill from where we follow the River Derwent, passing through Bolehill Woods and then to the cafe at Grindleford Station. We’ll have another break here, for a pint of tea maybe.
Fortified, there is then a steepish climb leading through woodland and towards the start of the Froggatt Edge path. The final part of this scenic walk simply follows the edge paths, taking in Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow Edges, before descending down to Baslow, to finish at the Green and the main car park for a 6 pm departure. If you hurry, there may be time for a well deserved pint in the Wheatsheaf or Eyre Arms. Distance is a ‘generous’ 13 miles, with a shorter option available with the Last of the Summer wine Group.

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